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Anon Lil 91VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 91’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 665-6.

Anonymous PoemsLilja
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text and translation

Máría, ert þú móðir dýrust;
Máría, lifir þú sæmd í hári;
Máría, ert þú af miskunn kærust;
Máría, liet þú syndafari.
Máría, lít þú mein, þau er vóru,
Máría, lít þú klökk á tárin;
Máría, græð þú mein hin stóru;
Máría, ber þú smyrsl í sárin.

Máría, þú ert dýrust móðir; Máría, þú lifir í hári sæmd; Máría, þú ert kærust af miskunn; Máría, liet þú syndafari. Máría, lít þú mein, þau er vóru; Máría, lít þú klökk á tárin; Máría, græð þú mein hin stóru; Máría, ber þú smyrsl í sárin.
 
‘Mary, you are the dearest mother; Mary, you live in high honour; Mary, you are most beloved for your mercy; Mary, halt sinful behaviour. Mary, look at those sins that were; Mary, look tenderly on our tears; Mary, heal the great injuries; Mary, bring balm to our wounds.

notes and context

This st. is omitted in Vb. The anaphora (each line beginning with Máría) gives it the form of a liturgical litany. There is end-rhyme as well as the normal internal rhyme.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson, Lilja 91: AII, 392, BII, 414, Skald II, 227, NN §3316.

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